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  1. Is this a thing, will they deliver those massive bottles to a domestic customer? Does anyone on here do this in a domestic setting? Just saw this flowjet system . and it made me think I could have half a dozen of those 25 litre delivered and then use a "plumbed in option" I was vaguely aware of it but never really thought it would be a viable option. But £100 - 150 for the system and then whatever for bottles seems ok and perhaps less outlay than a proper filtration system in a very hard water area? Im sure this must be old news but I never really looked at it properly before. Any info much appreciated. Cheers
  2. Hi, My Gaggia Classic has failed. I think it's the pump as that stopped while I was drawing water through. BTW, the power light is still working. I'm wondering is it worth getting repaired as it's a good 7 years old and used frequently. If it is, does anyone know someone who can repair Gaggias in the Hastings area? Cheers, Del
  3. I have a 14 year old Andreja Premium that's never given me any problems over the years. However, it's just stopped working and I need my coffee fix! When I turn it on, normally I hear the pump filling the boiler with water. No sound of the pump and there is no water coming out if the ho water wand. So, my first thoughts are, its a faulty pump. Just to add a little complexity, I fitted a mains water supply around five years ago and wonder if the relay on this could be the problem, not 'allowing' water into the machine and so the pump has 'cut off' I hope this makes sense and I would really appreciate what is likely to be the problem and how to sort it. Thanks in advance. John
  4. I’ve recently noticed that the pump that triggers on pulling the lever at the start of the shot isn’t always coming on. I’m sure this always used to do so. It still does sometimes and then others will trigger at another point. I’m sure I’d heard that the ceme switch for prefusion was a bit temperamental but I’m not sure if that’s got anything to do with the pump. Any other owners got any insight into this??
  5. In the past I was using a Bosco lever machine. I enjoyed the silence whiles pulling an espresso. I was lucky to get a second pump for a cheap price for the LM. The original one I left inside the machine, incase a maintenance is necessary. I installed the second one in the storage room beside the kitchen. Silence now like pulling a shot with a lever .
  6. HI, just after some clarification on a filter/pump setup running from a water tank. I plan to use the pump and softner listed below. However, the filter has a restrictor down to 1 liter per min, will this cause an issue with the Sureflo pumping @ 10L per min? If this filter isn't suitable, can you point me to one which would be please. Sureflo Trial King 10 (30psi/10 liters per min) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Shurflo-30PSI-Water-Pump-Trial-King-10-2095-403-443-Caravan-Motorhome-Boat/201372840694?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 FT Line 90 water filter https://www.osmiowater.co.uk/commercial-water-filter-systems/coffee-machine-water-filters/ft-line-90-coffee-machine-filter-system.html or this https://www.jurang.co.uk/shop/complete-brita-systems/350-brita-purity-c150-quell-st.html
  7. Hi all. Any thoughts on which pump I should get as a replacement for my Gaggia Classic. My shots are bitter and I've heard that the standard Ulka pump is not that precise with it's ability to maintain consistent 9 bar. Any thoughts please?
  8. Hi, I'm looking for advice from people with the same setup really. I recently bought a Smart Grinder Pro to accompany my SDTP espresso machine. I've probably tried about a half dozen different beans, couple of dark roasts and the rest medium. I'm finding that unless I only use about 2kg of tamping pressure I have to set the grinder to 20+ to get around a 30 second extraction. That's with the double espresso basket, the single seems to provide only a trickle of water regardless (I'm using single wall). Is this normal for this machine or could there be a problem with the pump? I cleaned the part in the group head, it was half blocked with ground coffee, but this didn't make much difference. I'm still learning to use the machines but can get decent coffee most of the time. I just wonder if I could be getting more from the coffee with a finer grind if the machine could take it. Anything less than 10 chokes it!
  9. Hello all. My trusty ten year old Classic has blown and I need some advice as to how to fix it. I have it on a timer switch and since it was last used, someone has switched the pump to the on position. So this morning, when the timer switched the machine on, the pump immediately pulled all of the wasted from the reservoir, dumped it over the floor and then burned out (I assume). My wife found it in this state and switched it off at the mains. When I investigated, the pump made a humming noise, but wouldn’t pump water. Is there anything else likely to be wrong other than needing a replacement pump? Also, can someone tell me the model of pump I need? Thanks, Tom
  10. Hi can anybody help me diagnose what's wrong with my Sage BE, which has worked fine up to now, but ceases to deliver any shots now. I ran a cleaning cycle as the light came on, and also descaled with white vinegar After that I have a rattly solenoid noise, and the shower head delivers a tiny, minuscule shot after about 30 seconds, if at all. The gauge shows zero I took the plunge, and thinking it was the 3 way valve, have replaced that, with no improvement I have removed the showerhead screen and cleaned it, it had usual levels of coffee residue (I would judge) and has cleaned up OK With the showerhead off, running a double shot programme on the button results again in a tiny amount of water being delivered, in a very spluttery way. Again gauge is zero (which I'd expect in this case as no back pressure from the basket) Switching to hot water, also results in tiny delivery of "spluttery" water Steam wand also does not deliver, despite the usual "pumping" noise Is this the pump failing? Or the other solenoid valve? Or something else? Thanks in advance for any help
  11. Hoping someone can help before I go cap in hand to Sue in the parts department again... I've recently got hold of an old (2004?) Fracino FCX2 machine, and have finally got it plumbed in after replacing the old battered manifold so I don't end up with an underwater kitchen. The machine fills fine and heats up - plenty of hot water and steam available. However, I'm not seeing any increase in pressure at the group head when pulling a shot. I suspect the pump isn't working right. So: Could this be a clogged pipe issue, or is a faulty pump more likely? I was also under the impression the light was supposed to come on when the pump is operating. It doesn't here. I'm happy to get my hands dirty, but don't want to start taking apart the wrong parts unnecessarily. Any pointers? Here's a quick video of the noises it's making, in case that's any help! https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMxKe5QB6GG9W2BaI1MrKcZqiGbNaBX_1U1eyewKn00Xm 27AaH1c1NyiNnrJipOrw/photo/AF1QipMoabW5pjRwNfXDdIHpDa9CJF8FgFND-K15jb6b?key=ZGVtcXVYYVpiUWxTaThVdjNDSFZ4TDdrM0JNTm 13
  12. So I guess something is going out, but I can't figure out what. So, around half the time the preinfusion stage does not start the pump and instead basically only flushes what's in the grouphead. But everything works fine the moment the timer reaches the full pressure. This can be repeated by pushing the manual button also, the moment I stop pushing the button the pump starts and everything is fine. I can hear something when the pump should be running with smaller pressure, but I can't really tell what that sound is (it's very quiet). Could be anything from coil whine. So why isn't the pump functioning correctly with
  13. Need some help, running out of ideas. I left my gaggia in the care of my parents and they well and truely trashed it. Very infrequent descaling for a year, it finally decided to pack up and water stopped flowing through the group. I stripped it, descaled everything changed all the seals. Reassembled it and seemed to be working fine. I pulled a few shots and steamed some milk then in the middle of pulling the 6th shot the flow dropped to almost nothing. I started over and pulled another shot just fine. Next day pulled 3 shots and steamed some milk, go for a 4th and flow stops again in the middle of the shot. Now no water comes from group with or without the filter attached and nothing from the steam arm either (at brew or steaming temp). I suspected no water was reaching the boiler. Tried running the pump without the pipe attached (to the boiler) nothing is coming out, in my head this means something is wrong? Water should be flowing from the pump outlet right? Maybe i dont understand how it works. I've stripped it all again, soacking all components again, pocked with needles in the all the holes I can't see any scale I thought a chunk might have disloged and got stuck somewhere but doesnt look like it. Pump still vibrates, if it was dying what should i be looking for? Appreciate any suggestions.
  14. Hello, For a sale Fluid-o-Tech Rotary Vane Pump 100L/h + RPM Motor 120W (also not-return valve is included). The pump and motor are about 3 years old and they are in excellent condition. - The motor is RPM with 120W and 230V/240V version. - Pump is Fluid-o-Tech CA104 L60mm 100L/h with connection 3/8" GAS. Price: £100 + postage with insurance (about £20)
  15. Hi All, I have a problem with my three-year-old Quick Mill Verona insofar as the rotary pump has stalled/seized. I can hear it electrically buzzing, but there is no rotation. I'm pretty sure it's not an electrical fault but excessive scale build-up within the pump head as it is well overdue for a descale. But this creates a Catch-22 situation. I can't flush descaler through the machine if the pump won't run, so how do I get round the problem? I know I should have descaled sooner, so it's my fault it has happened... any advice gratefully received. Thanks in anticipation. In all other respects, the Verona is still superb. Tony
  16. Hi folks. I've ended up with an enormous surplus of milk jugs! Most of them are Motta and all are in varying condition. There are a couple of other bits and pieces listed here. I'm based near Beaconsfield if anyone wants to pick any of this stuff up and I'd prefer bulk purchases if at all possible. I can combine shipping as the minimum postage price per piece will be £3 sent with Hermes 3-5 day tracked service. I'd like payment via Paypal friends and Family please. These items are advertised elsewhere. I'll be listing the items below. Thanks for looking folks.
  17. I am about to install the Auber shot timer to my Silvia V3. Removing the back cover i'm thinking the pump looks twisted but maybe it should be like this? My first reaction was to grab it and straighten it up. On the left side it almost looks like its hanging on one of the screws. Does this look normal, is the pump seated correctly?
  18. Hi guys, I'm new to the forum! I bought a second-hand Gaggia Classic a few weeks ago, which was working fine for the first couple of weeks. About a week ago water would stop coming through the grouphead, which seemed to be triggered by trying to backflush the system (which I had done successfully once before) or when putting additional pressure on the system (e.g. When making a ristretto). In both cases, the pump noise would go very quiet and water would stop coming out of the group head except in very small occasional drops. Water/steam was coming out of the steam wand as normal. After reading up around grouphead problems, I took the showerhead and holding plate off and cleaned them and descaled the machine (previous owners said they'd done this every 6 months, so was expecting some build up). On a couple of occasions I got the water flowing normally out of the grouphead again, and managed to pull a shot using coffee ground far coarser than usual. However, as soon as I tried my usual grind (for a regular double espresso) same happened - pump went quiet and water stopped flowing through the grouphead. I next took the solenoid out to give it a proper citric acid soak and clean, and it appeared to be in good nick, with water flowing freely through it. In addition, I can clearly hear the "click" when I turn the coffee switch on, suggesting the solenoid is working fine. It had left me with dry pucks when the machine was working, so I'm assuming there's no problem there. I done anything to the OPV as yet. Now the solenoid is back in, there is hardly anything flowing through the system, not even through the steam wand. I also took the outflow tube from the pump off and pushed water through it, which flowed out of the steam wand with little resistance. Does this rule out a blockage down the line? Lastly, I ran the pump without the outflow tube attached, and got the same quiet hum and just a dribble out of it. Video link: https://youtu.be/mIWmQKfhaFE My question is, is the problem clearly with the pump, and does it just need replacing? Or could the problem be elsewhere? I'm a complete newbie, so any advice would much appreciated. Cheers.
  19. So, one thing I don't enjoy is the noise my machine makes. Its a reservoir only vibe pump model dual boiler. Questions.... Can I upgrade the pump to a motor? If so, what're the recommendations motor wise? Other than the motor are any other parts needed? (I plan on continuing to use the reservoir) What noise difference will there be? Any other noticeable differences? Thanks for you input.
  20. Hi all I've had my Gaggia Classic for about 10 years. It is used at least once per day, often much more than that at weekends. It's been descaled (although not regularly) and has pretty much been faultless all of this time. I've cleaned the 3-way valve before, and I've done that again and still no joy. I've also made a blind pressure gauge thingy and reduce the opv to around 9 - 10 bar Recently however it has started fail to produce any water through the group head or the steam wand - only steam. Also, the sound from the pump would change from the normal noisy clatter to kind of muted hum, a bit like the sound it would make when doing a back flush. I've never done a back flush with any detergent btw. Sometimes I could 'fix' it by running it without the reservoir of water (I know that's probably not a good idea) but i could get the pump to 'sound' ok again and then it would work properly after I'd primed it by running water through the steam wand. Anyway this usually happened after the machine had been on for while, so I suspected that it was related to something overheating,- so after much Googling I decided to replace the brew thermostat. This didn't really fix the problem and I'm back where I started. What's odd is that it's been on since before I started typing this and it's still working - in some ways this is worse - not knowing if it's going to make a coffee in the morning. So even though it's currently working I'm posting this just to see if anyone can help diagnose the problem Thanks Rob
  21. After having left the machine on for an entire day, the Senago doesn't pump correctly. It seems the pumping times have shortened as a consequence. If the wheel selecting coffee volume is set to 1, the pump turns off after half a second, at the maximum position 13 it turns off again after 2-3 seconds. Took a quick look inside the machine: None of the contacts or wiring are loose or burned. Any ideas about what could have happened and how to fix it? Thanks for your help. Enjoy your coffees, PolarBear
  22. Hi, I have one Saeco Magic Cappuccino and a Saeco Magic Cappuccino Plus with some accessories for sale. Both good cosmetic condition. I'm selling them both as faulty, as I think one or both pumps need replacing, however one might be functional. And there might be an issue with steaming. I'd like to think you could make a working one from the two. Pump has been removed from the Plus model but is included. I don't have the time or the expertise to diagnose and repair, so this could be a bargain for someone! I'd like £40 for the lot, collection from Braintree UK, otherwise ask me for a postage cost. See pictures below.
  23. Newbie - just purchased a fracino piccino machine 2nd hand, by the sounds of things the steamer / pump is not working is this something i could fix myself ? thanks . B
  24. still cant get water to pull for a shot get 3 drips it starts up with the same noise like its going to work then drops to a hum and just a drip of water ,steamer works fine could it be the pump ????
  25. hi guys, my baby dose had stopped working and im out of ideas, when i try to make a coffee the pump doesnt make its usual rumble, and it doesnt pull water through. the pump does still make a quiet noise like its trying but not actually pumping. ive descaled fully before this problem, also i stripped the machine last night, took the pump apart all seemed ok no signs of blockage. when i put it back together it worked fine however woke up this mornin and back to square one any ideas? also what i cant get my head around is i have 2 baby doses , and they both now have the exact same problem, ive swapped tanks/ washers between them , the problem seems to be within the machines. any advice would be much appreciated thanks. baby
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